Elvis is an epic, big-screen spectacle from visionary, Oscar-nominated filmmaker Baz Luhrmann that explores the life and music of Elvis Presley, starring Austin Butler and Oscar winner Tom Hanks.
A thoroughly cinematic drama, Elvis’s story is seen through the prism of his complicated relationship with his enigmatic manager, Colonel Tom Parker. As told by Parker, the film delves into the complex dynamic between the two spanning over 20 years, from Presley’s rise to fame to his unprecedented stardom, against the backdrop of the evolving cultural landscape and loss of innocence in America. Central to that journey is one of the significant and influential people in Elvis’s life, Priscilla Presley.
Starring: Austin Butler, Tom Hanks, Olivia DeJonge, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Kelvin Harrison Jr.
Director: Baz Luhrmann
Rating: Rated PG-13
Runtime: 159 minutes
Country: Australia/United States
- Fri, 06/24 - Thu, 07/21
— Vague Visages
Celebrating the worldwide sensation known as BeBe Zahara Benet, the first ever winner of RuPaul’s Drag Race, this decade-spanning documentary introduces audiences to Marshall Ngwa, the creative force behind the glamour. Being BeBe traces Benet’s early years growing up in a deeply homophobic Cameroon to gaining prominence on the local amateur drag scene in Minneapolis. Shot over a period of 15 years, long before Benet’s cultural ascendance and television stardom, the film offers an intimate backstage look at the life of one of the most singular and iconic drag queens working today.
Images’ Virtual Cinema is supported in part by a grant from the Cultural Council of Northern Berkshire, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.
Featuring: BeBe Zahara Benet (aka Nea Marshall Kudi Ngwa)
Director: Emily Branham
Runtime: 90 minutes
Genre: BIPOC, Documentary, Festival Favorite, LGBTQ+, Woman Directed
Country: United States
Language: In English and French with English subtitles
— The Playlist
In search of significance and social prestige, a billionaire businessman decides to make a film to leave his mark. To do so, he hires the best: a stellar team formed by famous filmmaker Lola Cuevas (Penélope Cruz) and two renowned actors, both enormously talented, but with even bigger egos: the Hollywood actor Félix Rivero (Antonio Banderas) and radical theater thespian Iván Torres (Oscar Martínez). Both legends, but not exactly the best of friends. Through a series of increasingly eccentric challenges set by Lola, Felix and Iván must face not only each other, but also their own legacies.
Starring: Penélope Cruz, Antonio Banderas, Oscar Martínez, José Luis Gómez
Director: Gastón Duprat, Mariano Cohn
Rating: Rated R
Runtime: 114 minutes
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Satire, Subtitled
Language: In Spanish with English subtitles
When she fails to meet an item on his list of requirements for a bride, Julia Thistlewaite (Zawe Ashton) is jilted by London’s most eligible bachelor, Mr. Malcolm (Ṣọpẹ́ Dìrísù). Feeling humiliated and determined to exact revenge, she convinces her friend Selina Dalton (Freida Pinto) to play the role of his ideal match. Soon, Mr. Malcolm wonders whether he’s found the perfect woman…or the perfect hoax.
Starring: Freida Pinto, Zawe Ashton, Sope Dirisu, Ashley Park
Director: Emma Holly Jones
Rating: Rated PG
Runtime: 117 minutes
Genre: BIPOC, Comedy, Drama, Period, Romance, Woman Directed
Country: United States